TLC Newsletter for the week of August 24th 2015…

Charter Chatter

Aug. 28, 2015                                                                                                      No.4

Virginia’s Voice

We are well underway at the Tracy Learning Center.  We have completed the first four weeks of school.  It is exciting to visit classrooms and to see the growth among the students since they started.  Kindergarten is showing tremendous growth.  I am very pleased we have chosen to keep all of our “brand newbest friends” together in the same room with seven teachers.  They are thriving.

It is amazing to see the development of our Primary students from one week to the next.  I am delighted that each student is challenged in reading and math due to our small group instruction system.  Every student is learning at the correct level of instruction.

I must say that 5/6 Discovery students are doing exceptionally well.  The fourth graders have made an incredible easy transition to fifth grade.  It is the best transition we have ever had.

7/8 is doing well.  We are pleased with the pride and focus we see with our older Discovery students.  They are truly accepting the challenge of preparing for high school.

Finally, the high school which is larger than it has ever been before is boasting a great deal of spirit for school  functions and spirit week.  Club rush was amazing and there are so many worthwhile clubs on campus.  School work is our first priority, but for many sports is the motivator for grades.

In conclusion, I would like to quote a student who said to me the other day,” Wow, there are really great teachers at this school and they are all willing to go the extra mile to help us.”

Misc. Announcements

Next School Holiday is Monday, Sept. 7, 2015 – Labor Day

Discovery Car-line

We have had some real problems this week with DCS students going to buy snacks either from the cafeteria or from the street venders so when their parent pulls up their child is nowhere to be found. This creates a halt in pickups and car line backs way up. If your student is buying food afterschool please make sure you have communicated with him/her and make a plan that will not cause this car line back up. These students should be given walking forms so they can meet their parent somewhere rather than car line.


Please remember all medications which had been kept in the office at the end of the school year have been discarded. Any students who need to take medication in the office must bring in their medication in its original box along with the MD’s written authorization form. Students may never carry medication on them.

Parent Volunteers

Any parents who plan on volunteering this year must bring in their appropriate paperwork including a cleared TB Test which is good for 4 years and give it to Kay Fagundes. These forms are available in the front waiting area.


PCS, DCS and DHSP students must turn in a walking form in order to walk away from campus and must walk to a “designated spot” away from the school so as not due bog down traffic coming and leaving the car lines. The exception to this is students from PCS who wait in front on the school in the bark area quietly waiting for their older sibling(s) to pick them up.

Late Pick Ups

PCS students who are not picked up by 3:50pm will be taken to P5 and will be supervised by Mrs. Null. There will be a $5 fee for these late students per occurrence. All students must be picked up by 4:30pm and parents must sign to pick their student up. If possible, please notify the office when you are running late and/or you are sending someone else to pick your child up.   This new plan is for your child’s safety and supervision and must be adhered to and will be strictly enforced.

PCS Students may not return to the campus or roam around campus after they have been picked up.

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  Aug. 24 – Aug. 28

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. –  Chicken Corn Dog

Wed  –  Nachos

Thurs. – Chicken Taquitos

Fri. –  Beef Hot Dog

Primary Charter

Primary parents:  We have had many sick students this week.  It is critical to our students’ health that they stay home until fever AND symptom free for 24 HOURS.  Controlling a fever with Tylenol or Motrin DOES NOT constitute fever free.  If your student is ill, please allow them to stay home to fully recover.

This week in Initial Phase students learned all about our classroom jobs!  We have a Calendar Helper, Chair Stacker, Office Messenger, Lunch  Monitor, Caboose, and Custodians.  Each week 15 random students are selected to do a job.  Students are very proud of their jobs and they are so excited to try them out.

Wow!  That first month flew by!  Phase 1 students have already accomplished so much! Many of our students have AR goals and have logged into IXL and Reading Eggs. Technology is really a big part of our learning.  Phase 1 students also had an awesome experience creating a time capsule which we buried.  At the end of the school year we will dig it up and compare the past to the present.  Next week in Writer’s Workshop we will begin opinion writing.  We can wait to see how our students use their reasoning skills to express their ideas.   Please continue to encourage your student to read daily.  Fluent readers become fluent writers and speakers!!  Have a great weekend J

Phase 2 students had a great week of learning.  We are using technology in our classrooms every day.  We use several online sites where teachers can track student progress and other sites that students can access at home for extra practice.  We also have some groups that already know how to use GoogleDocs and can type a document and save it! and are great sites to use at home for reinforcement and extra practice.

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GREEN is the color of the month! Students who earned an “all green month” have a chance to spin a wheel to earn prizes that will include gift cards, spirit wear, school supplies, and other fun items.  Next week during unity students will “SPIN it to WIN it.”

KONA ICE was a great success!!!  Thank you for supporting our School Wide fundraiser. The turn-out was AMAZING!! We appreciated the patience in line.  The staff had a wonderful time talking to parents and students who patiently waited in line for their delicious drink.

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TLC Teachers staff work hard to make Kona Ice treats for students

SPELLING BEE: DCS is excited to participate in the 2015 Spelling Bee.  Spelling Bee information was sent home this week. Look for more information in the near future.

TALENT AUDTIONS: Students who auditioned for Unity’s Funky Friday were absolutely amazing. Ms. T said she has never watched so much talent. She is excited to share the talent with us.  Students will display their talent at unity throughout the year.

EVERYDAY COUNTS!: This September, University of the Pacific and community partners are celebrating Attendance Awareness Month with an Every Day Counts Attendance Challenge.  Any student who comes to school on time, every day in September will be entered into a drawing for prize. Prizes include E-readers, gift cards, tickets to Pacific athletic events, and more.  Help your child to have PERFECT ATTENDANCE!!

GRADES: Updated grades will be placed in your child’s agenda on Wednesday, September 2nd.  Please review their grades and contact your child’s teacher if you have questions.

DCS teachers welcome parent communication, please contact us if you have questions, concerns, or ideas!

Ms. Rodieck –; Ms. Pelaez –; Mrs. Beckner –

Mrs. Hawkins –; Ms. Zaca –; Ms. Takeuchi –

TLC Teachers staff work hard to make Kona Ice treats for students

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Students learn vocabulary through games                                                            Students investigate motion!


DHSP Charter Chatter:

The first month is already over! Wow, that went by fast!

Official Den Points come out next week, but as of now here are the standings:

Malayan leads with 11,535 positive points

Sumatran is 2nd with 10,965

Followed by Siberian with 10,540

Bringing up the rear, but trying hard, Bengal with 9,405!

The atmosphere in 7/8 continues to be one of positive excitement and anticipation for what each day brings!!

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Math classes are abuzz with higher lever thinking and problem solving skills in action.

Language Arts classes are working diligently on learning what it takes to be a good writer and critical thinker as they analyze Lord of the Flies this trimester.

Mr. Compton’s science classes are just about ready to begin labs in the class. Exciting Stuff!!

In Social Studies, Mrs. Wallace was very impressed with the lesson plans her students were able to come up with. This week they are delving into the “Godfathers of the Renaissance,” The Medici family.

Dance Exploration rehearsing for their first performance next month. There will be two, and parents are invited to attend one or both. They will take place the week of the 20th, during morning Unity. Look for more details to follow in next week’s Chatter.

If you do not want your student to have his/her photo published please notify Mrs. Wallace at

Thank you to all who have donated tissues, paper towels, germ-X, and wipes. We could still use lots more 1

Hope everyone has a great week!!!!!




Charter Chatter August 28, 2015

First ‘Thank You’ to all staff supporting spirit week – it is our first and leadership has learned a few things!  The first rally of the year was Friday and the student were extremely spirited with their EXTREME Fall Sports Rally.  In order to accommodate mid-terms for seniors and Junior late start, the rally was from 10:45am – 11:15am. Also, Friday is the first football game of the season. Students had the opportunity to purchase tickets for a spot on the Spirit Bus to attend this away game in Vacaville. We wish our team good luck and Go Falcons!!




Career Ed

This was the first week of speakers for the Junior Career Education class. Millennium High School would like to thank both of our wonderful visitors we had Kenneth Faulkner- Arable Technologies Nancy McDonald from FIDM and Johanna Ornelas from CSU Stanislaus. If you or anyone you know has an interesting job and would be willing to be a speaker for the class please contact Ms. A in the counseling office at 209-627-8299 or at


Club Rush

Club Rush was held last Friday. There was a great turn out this year of new and returning clubs. We look forward to all of our clubs that are on campus this year.

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Community Service Opportunities

Moose Lodge Shrimp Feed Dinner and Dance: Saturday, August 29 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. possibly later. 9 volunteers needed for serving food (6) and washing dishes (3). If serving food, please wear a white shirt and black pants; long hair needs to be tied back. Please contact Alex Zamora 209-815-6408 if interested in volunteering.

Tracy Buccaneers Youth Football: Saturday, August 29 – 4 volunteerss from 7:00am-12:00pm and 4 volunteers at 1:00pm-6:00pm. Location: Tracy High School Football field.

Contact: Marlena Posten

Mountain House Flag Football: Saturday, August 29 at 9:00am-10:30am. Location: Mountain House at Bethany Park (corner of Legacy and Communidad) or Bethany School (corner of Heritage and Communidad) Responsibilities include: filming games and/or selling concessions at the snack table. Volunteers need to be at least 13 years old. Contact: Crystal Thomas-

Get Real Behind the Wheel: Sunday, August 30, 10am-2pm at the Altamont Motorsport Park

17001 Midway Rd. This is a Teen Safe Driving event. Please contact Tom Simpson: 209-612-4222 to volunteer.

Other News

Counseling News!

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Tracy Learning Center will be participating in the Every Day Counts Attendance Challenge


Update: Homework Support!!!

The homework support room is open Monday-Wednesday from 4:05 PM-4:45 PM in room M-2. All students are welcome to come for educational tutoring and support.

Tutors wanted!!!

If you are interested in tutoring on campus please stop by the counseling office for an application.

Give Every Child A Chance – Tutors Wanted!!!

Give Every Child A Chance is a tutoring/mentoring program that needs volunteer tutors!  If you are interested in tutoring 7th-12th grade students here at Tracy Learning Center for two community service hours a week (which can go toward a block letter!).


Expanding Your Horizons Conference – Young Women Grades 6th – 12th

Expanding Your Horizons is a career conference for 6th-12th grade young women. This event will be held on October 10, 2015 at the University of the Pacific, Stockton Campus. For more information or to register for the event please visit

Firefighter Career Expos

In keeping with their mission to recruit, retain and promote more women to the Fire Service, the California Fire Fighter Joint apprenticeship Committee and its Commission to Recruit Women for the Fire Service encourage interested middle school and high school students to attend an expo on Saturday, September 12th from 10am-1pm at 526 Commerce Way Livermore, CA 94551. For more information please visit their website at: